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ALBANY, NY-Assemblyman Steve Katz's court case on a marijuana possession charge has been delayed until next month.

Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, was set to appear Thursday in Coeymans Town Court, which is south of Albany, after he was charged March 14 with marijuana possession and speeding on the state Thruway ostensibly on his way to the Capitol at about 10 a.m.

Court officials and his attorney, Susan Chana Lask, confirmed the delay. Katz's case is set to be heard April 25 at 9 a.m.

"It is on for a conference," Chana Lask said in an email today. "Procedurally, every case gets conferenced so both sides can discuss the matter before appearing in court. In the meantime, Assemblyman Katz is focusing on his important work for the people of the state of New York."

Katz, a second-term lawmaker, has not commented about his drug charge, except for issuing and reading a statement after State Police announced the charges a day after it happened.

Records obtained last week by Gannett's Albany Bureau showed that Katz allegedly had an 1/8 of an ounce of marijuana in his 2009 Subaru and two empty plastic bags. He was stopped for driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, police said.

In his statement after the charges were made public, Katz, a veterinarian, called it "an unfortunate incident," and "I am confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest."

Katz has opposed the legalization of medical marijuana in New York and has put out statements to warn against illegal drugs in his district, which stretches between Westchester and Putnam counties.

Joseph Spector-Gannett Albany Bureau

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